Author(s): Paul Anderson
The Victoria Police Armed Robbery Squad has long been considered the hardest and most feared group of Victorian detectives. They operate without fear or favour. Newspaper journalist Ian Malone, new to the city crime beat, has assigned himself a story: uncover the truth about the enigmatic squad. Have the men from The Robberso been demonised or is their hard-arm reputation deserved? It is a time of disruption and change. Force command and a new police ethics commission want the Armed Robbery Squad disbanded. Apart from political enemies, the squad has a new nemesis on the street: a vicious bandit prepared to shoot robbery victims - and detectives. The Armed Robbery Squad men, for so long the hunters, have become the hunted. As Malone builds a unique and unexpected bond with the squad he is enticed into a sometimes dark, seedy and seductive world where right can be wrong and wrong can often be right: a grey world of honour versus politics. Heato meets Animal Kingdomo in this gritty and dirty crime saga. The Robbers takes the reader into a world where cops and bandits fight a silent war; a world where the most dangerous enemies might just be the bureaucrats and the political powerbrokers. Honour versus politics in a grey world where nothing is as black and white as the media makes it appear.
Paul Anderson is a Melbourne-based crime journalist. He knows cops, and he knows robbers. Paul is an award-winning newspaper journalist and popular author of HG's true-crime Dirty Dozen series u this is his new gripping and eye-opening novel based on his personal experiences covering Melbourne's crime beat for nearly twenty years, and getting into bed with Victoria's infamous Armed Robbery Squad when he was a rookie u and the indelible images left with him. Paul Anderson has been a Melbourne newspaper crime reporter since 1995. For seven years, until the Armed Robbery Squad's demise, he built a unique bond with The Robbers u professionally and socially. He is one of very few outsiderso to have been welcomed into their inner sanctum: definitely the only ever journalist. Anderson knows how the Armed Robbery Squad men walked and talked. Acted and reacted. Worked and played. He knew their personalities. Their thought processes. Their attitude to criminals. Their view of law and order. Their view on justice. (He even stood with them in a pub fight once). The Armed Robbery Squad has never been the subject of a crime fiction novel u in the main it's the Homicide Squad that writers regularly target for TV shows and books. The Robbers was a misunderstood and demonised squad at times, but content to perpetuate a fearsome image to instil dread and fear in the hearts and minds of bandits. The squad tackled the state's most dangerous criminals. Worked hard, and played harder.